Regulation of Hepatic Gluconeogenesis by an ER-Bound Transcription Factor, CREBH

Department of Molecular Cell Biology, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 300 Chunchun-dong, Jangan-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do 440-746, Korea.
Cell metabolism (Impact Factor: 17.57). 04/2010; 11(4):331-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.cmet.2010.02.016
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Endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-bound transcription factor families are shown to be involved in the control of various metabolic pathways. Here, we report a critical function of ER-bound transcription factor, CREBH, in the regulation of hepatic gluconeogenesis. Expression of CREBH is markedly induced by fasting or in the insulin-resistant state in rodents in a dexamethasone- and PGC-1alpha-dependent manner, which results in the accumulation of active nuclear form of CREBH (CREBH-N). Overexpression of constitutively active CREBH activates transcription of PEPCK-C or G6Pase by binding to its enhancer site that is distinct from the well-characterized CREB/CRTC2 regulatory sequences in vivo. Of interest, knockdown of CREBH in liver significantly reduces blood glucose levels without altering expression of genes involved in the ER stress signaling cascades in mice. These data suggest a crucial role for CREBH in the regulation of hepatic glucose metabolism in mammals.

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    • "The data also allowed us to conclude that during fasting, only a small quantity of pyruvate is directed toward the generation of GLY-TAG (1/20 to glucose) in the liver of both the C and LPHC animals. Other studies (Cassuto et al. 2005; Hall et al. 2007; Lee et al. 2010) have indicated that corticosterone, a glucocorticoid hormone found in high levels in the blood of LPHC animals (Dos Santos et al. 2012), inhibits the transcription of the PEPCK gene in adipose tissue but stimulates it in the liver and renal cortex (Meisner et al. Fig. 4. Protein levels of PEPCK and GyK in the livers of fasted rats (15 h) previously fed a control diet (C) or a low-protein, high-carbohydrate diet (LPHC) for 15 days. "
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    • "In addition, CREBH is a master regulator of the lipin 1 gene, a key regulator of lipid metabolism [17]. Both CREBH and ERRγ gene expression is enhanced in a diabetic mouse model to increase blood glucose level [15], [6]. Regulation of both factors is important to regulate gluconeogenesis in response to ER stress, and diabetes. "
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    PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(1):e86342. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0086342 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    • "The 30-minute TCDD treated AHR-TAP samples contained one protein exclusive to this treatment set, the cAMP responsive element binding protein 3-like 3 (Creb3l3) (Figure 3). Creb3l3, which is also known as CrebH, functions as an endoplasmic reticulum bound transcription factor responsible for regulating hepatic gluconeogenesis [41]. Two of these proteins, Enhancer-trap-locus-1 (Smarcad SWI/SNF-related) and Eukaryotic translation elongation factor 1 alpha 1 (Eef1a1), were identified in all three of the TCDD treated sample sets. "
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